WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi announced Sept. 19 that the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety received a federal grant of $450,000 to help combat methamphetamine production and distribution.
The grant has been awarded from the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
"I am pleased that the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety has been awarded this grant, which will assist them in combating methamphetamine production," said Renzi. "Methamphetamine use is a huge problem on tribal lands, impacting thousands of lives and straining law enforcement budgets. This grant will help ensure the Navajo Nation has the necessary tools to win the war on meth."
COPS recently announced $49.5 million in grants for state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to be used to help communities combat the manufacture, use and distribution of meth and to collaborate with other entities in the prevention and treatment of meth abuse.
In December 2006, the President signed into law the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Reauthorization Act, legislation which included a provision authored by Congressman Renzi directing the ONDCP to study the inclusion of tribal governments as part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.
The purpose of the HIDTA program is to enhance and coordinate drug control efforts among local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.